About this artwork

Ramsay was one of the most successful portrait painters of the eighteenth century, who rose to become Principal Painter in Ordinary to King George III. This self-portrait was probably drawn while Ramsay was a young student living in London. He was evidently proud of his appearance and his attractiveness; he has depicted himself with long locks of hair that flow to his shoulders. In a poem written by Ramsay, he referred to himself at around the age he is shown here as ‘Bold Allan ..., all dressed in frock of Blew and waistcoat of the Lining Green’ aspiring to ‘… take and bear away' the hearts of girls, 'who eer they were'.

  • title:
    Self-Portrait. Aged 20
  • accession number:
    D 223
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  • materials:
    Black chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper
  • date created:
    About 1730 - 1733
  • measurements:
    36.20 x 25.40 cm
  • credit line:
    David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910

Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay